MERELY SPRITIUAL PLASTIC SURGERY? "If anybody starts talking to me about religious commitment, I may listen politely, but what I'd like to answer him with is a few monosyllables that don't bear repeating here in the midst of the holy community. If you tell me Christian commitment is a thing that has happened to you once and for all like some kind of spiritual plastic surgery, I say you're either pulling the wool over your own eyes or trying to pull it over mine. Every morning you should wake up in your bed and ask yourself: 'Can I believe it all again today?'"
NEW YORK TIMES & THE BIBLE--SIDE BY SIDE. "No, better still, don't ask it till after you've read the New York Times, till after you've studied that daily record of the world's brokenness and corruption, which should always stand side by side with your Bible. Then ask yourself if you can believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ again for that particular day. If your answer's always 'yes,' then you probably don't know what believing means."
LAUGHTER OF WONDERFUL INCREDULITY. "At least five times out of ten the answer should be 'no' because the 'no' is as important as the 'yes,' maybe more so. The 'no' is what proves you're human in case you should ever doubt it. And then, if some morning the answer happens to be really 'yes,' it should be a 'yes' that's choked with confession and tears and ... great laughter--not a beatific smile, but the laughter of wonderful incredulity."
John Franklin Hay
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA